SUNY Expands Civic Engagement By Bringing TurboVote Technology To Campuses Statewide

October 2, 2014

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced that colleges and universities across the state are ramping up civic engagement efforts in partnership with Democracy Works, a nonprofit, nonpartisan tech start-up that has begun providing SUNY students with unprecedented ease in voter registration and participation with their signature TurboVote technology. 

TurboVote is a tool to increase democratic participation among students. The product helps college students to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and sign up for text or email reminders with relevant election information such as dates and deadlines for local, state, and national elections.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for SUNY students to take part in the democratic process and stay engaged with the local governments in their home towns as well as our state and nation,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “We are proud to bring TurboVote to scale across SUNY in order to increase voter registration and participation by our students throughout New York State.”

“The ‘one-stop-shop’ TurboVote platform makes voter registration and engagement completely seamless for SUNY students and will help them track of all their elections—local, state and national—so they never miss another opportunity to let their voice be heard,” said Lori Mould, president of the SUNY Student Assembly. “The rollout of TurboVote throughout SUNY is going to greatly enhance student life and engagement.”

SUNY colleges and universities throughout the system are already utilizing TurboVote, including it on their websites and integrating the technology into established processes such as freshman orientation and class registration. By embedding the platform into these student interactions, schools ensure that every student has the materials and information he or she needs to vote in every election.

Since its launch in January 2012, TurboVote has signed on more than 185 instutions of higher education across the country. Participating SUNY colleges include campuses at Alfred State, Binghamton, Brockport, Cortland, Geneseo, Oneonta, Morrisville, Plattsburgh, Purchase, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Additional SUNY campuses are in the process of signing on as well.

About TurboVote
TurboVote is a project of Democracy Works, a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Brooklyn, N.Y., that is passionate about building the democracy of the future. TurboVote is a service that makes voting easy. When students sign up, TurboVote keeps track of all their elections—local, state and national. If students wish to register, update their addresses or request absentee ballots, TurboVote sends them all the forms and information they need with pre-addressed, pre-stamped envelopes. For every election, TurboVote sends text message and email reminders to all users with important election information, dates and deadlines, to ensure that they never miss another election.

About the SUNY Student Assembly
The Student Assembly of the State University of New York (SUNY SA) is an organization comprised of student leaders elected by their peers from across SUNY’s 64 campuses. Empowering students throughout the state, the SUNY SA is committed to student life and ensuring the representation of its members on the state and national level as well as throughout the SUNY system.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school and business in the state. In 2015–16, SUNY served nearly 1.3 million students, including nearly 600,000 in credit-bearing courses and programs and more than 700,000 through continuing education and community outreach programs. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in nearly $1 billion of externally sponsored activity each year. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.


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